Essay on The Role of Body Language in Communication

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Introduction Non-verbal communication refers to “all external stimuli other than spoken or written words and including body motion, characteristics of appearance, characteristics of voice and use of space and distancing. All these non-verbal clues taken together are also known as body language. Body language plays significant role in oral communication. Sigmund Freud’s observation may appear to be an exaggeration but it is the exaggeration of a vital truth: “He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent he chats with his fingerprints; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.” It is believed that a charming person has a pleasant voice, a dynamic person has a vibrant…show more content…
The study of body movement and expression is known as kinesics. Humans move their bodies when communicating because, as research has shown, it helps "ease the mental effort when communication is difficult." Recognizing Nonverbal Communication Paying special attention to nonverbal signals in the workplace will enhance your ability to communicate successfully. Moreover, as you interact with business associates from other backgrounds, you’ll discover that some nonverbal signals don’t necessarily translate across cultures. The range and variety of nonverbal signals are almost endless, but one can grasp the basics by studying six general categories: Facial expression: Your face is the primary vehicle for expressing your emotions; it reveals both the type and intensity of your feelings. Eye contact is another important aspect by which a speaker can reach out to the audience and the listener can synch up with speaker. Eye contact can be distributed on a targeted basis to different sections of the audience based on need. Gesture and Posture: The way you position and move your body expresses both specific and general messages, some voluntary and some involuntary. Many gestures- a wave of the hand, for example have specific and intentional meanings. Slouching forward, fidgeting and walking briskly are all unconscious signals that reveal whether you feel confident or nervous, friendly or hostile, assertive or passive, powerful or powerless. Facial expression
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